The Sword’s Apocryphon wont’ be coming out until October 22nd on CD, vinyl and even cassette. However, you can head over to Rolling Stone to get your first taste of the album. “Veil of Isis” is what J.D. Cronise called “the most Sword-ish” of the song musically, but says lyrically, it’s a little more metaphysical.
“In essence, the song is about change,” Cronise said. “[It’s about] moving from one phase of the natural cycle to the next and the recognition of the knowledge revealed when such transitions occur. The lyrics make reference to Isis, the goddess of nature and magic, and her brother/husband Osiris, the god of the dead and the afterlife, as agents of those changes and keepers of sacred knowledge. The ‘veil’ is that which hides from us the true nature of the universe that, during our earthly existence, is largely hidden from us.”
We tried to see if this was on YouTube, and googled “sword veil of isis” and got a bunch of belly dancing videos. Epic win! In other news, the album is available for pre-order on the iTunes store today. You get two things if you buy the album on iTunes: an album that was apparently mastered specifically for iTunes, whatever that means, and also a custom Sword “visualizer” that was made for the album.
Lastly, the band have three new tour dates, which are as follows: